Newcastle Want French International Striker In January

There’s a report in France today in, that “great club” Newcastle United may make an attempt to get Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac in the January transfer window, but the French International striker doesn’t exactly fit the profile of players Mike Ashley likes to sign.

Toulouse's forward Andre-Pierre Gignac c

Andre-Pierre Gignac – free agent next summer

He will turn 29 next month, and his contract in France runs out in June of next year, and so he will be available at a cut price in January, although we would expect other Premier League clubs to be interested in signing the accomplished Marseilles striker.

The news is in the French media and it’s a comment from former Tottenham and Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli that he has made in

Here’s where he mentions Newcastle being a great club who may sign Gignac in January:

“I hear a lot about Gignac moving to England at the moment. I think something may be going on in January. The question is whether it will be clubs of interest, and if he will want to move in January in the middle of a great season for him.

“Now a club threatened by relegation, or a club like Tottenham, which is in trouble, could move for him.” “If it is Tottenham or Newcastle, why not?   These are great clubs.”

“But he is currently the number one striker in a team that is hot, and changing to a club in trouble, it is a decision that is not easy to take for him.”

We assume when Comolli says a team in trouble he really is talking about Spurs. 😀

Gignac is a very good player and has been in really good form this season for Marseilles with 10 goals in his 12 appearances, and it may be unlikely that Marseilles will let him go in January, even if it means they will lose him for nothing next summer.

Marseilles are top of the French League after 13 games with 29 points. and they are one  point ahead of reigning Champions PSG.

So any money they will lose on Gignac in the summer will be more than made up, if they can win the French League and qualify immediately for the group rounds of the Champions League.

But Newcastle are continually being linked with going after Gignac in January,  so perhaps there’s even some truth in this?

In his five seasons at Marseilles Gignac has made 160 appearances with 64 goals and 12 assists, and he has 19 full caps for France with 5 goals.

He’s a very good striker.

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26 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Who ate all the veal pies?
    This bloke pops up every window. Would he be of any use to us? I have my doubts.

  • geordie157

    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Never been a fan of gignac, would rather have Wickham if we are looking at players out of contract next summer.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    There’s a reason why his nicknames bigmac I can’t seem to remember though 😉

  • Slank

    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Headline says ‘newcastle want’ BUT first sentence says ‘newcastle may make’. Big Difference.

    Could have headline ‘Newcastle want Renaldo and Messi’ but sentence may say ‘Newcastle may not make a bid’

  • expatmag

    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Too old. Connor Wickham is a good shout though.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    cant see any1 coming this coming window unless were in the bottom 3 I have a feeling this is the year of the kids
    pards said before the international break that arma was going to get some chances soon enough

    more than happy with seeing dummett at cb although given taylor and colo’s injuries over the last couple of years it was still a bit naïve also maybe the club should have communicated dummett would be the 4th centre back 3rd now:) it would maybe eased the animosity

    been a bit unlucky with injuries for this month as there all winnable games and that would have been great going into December which is gonna be really tough

    we bought in evertons firness bloke in the summer so I am not surprised we have a few more than normal our fitness has been a problem for a while it was ok for a while with faye but seemed to slip back

    if we keep the work rate in the team we can still beat qpr but they have been unlucky of late so maybe a point will be ok given our injuries

  • Slank

    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7


    Good shout for Whickham.

    Tried and tested in the Premier League. Lives in the North East and so no cultural and climatisation issues. Still young with a possible sell on value in later years.

  • surreytoon

    Nov 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Lip up fatty!

  • surreytoon

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #9
  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Definitely Wickham more in line with big mans business plan. Cognac probably has top shelf price tag. Cognac Top shelf get it hehe

  • anthc

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    Connor whickham is lazy and has an ego problem imo. Scored a few important goals last season and thinks hes the big i am. I work in sunderland with loads of mackems who have no issue with whickham leaving citing his bad attitude. Id rather give armstrong a shot.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #12

    This guys so fat, even Mashley looks skinny standing next to him.
    And why exactly would we sign somebody who doesn’t want to play for us?? He would end up another papis cisse, talented but only tries when once of twice a year.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Hey expat
    How’s yur cab sav going down? Missed the line ups but didn’t see that Curtis kid on Japan’s last run forward Nice save. Great header

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    We’ll be saying sign steven naismith after he scores against England tonight!!!

  • goommy

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    No ty

  • cyprus

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Have you heard this Comolli talk? Seems very intelligent and down to earth. Presented his belief that a manager alone can’t handle all the details of running a football team: videos, stats of teams, players, prospects, psychology, training, tactics, management, negotiations, liaison, etc…

    Most managers are ex-footballers. Although that doesn’t (necessarily) make them thick, it certainly doesn’t make them supermen…

  • John Tudor

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    gignac to rot in le harve reserves
    waste of pies

  • cyprus

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #18

    He says Man U has twenty plus salaried scouts / agents, 4 in Latin America alone. In comparison, Spurs have two. How many do we have?

  • expatmag

    Nov 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #19


    Its going down pretty well. The bairn is in bed and the missus has just gone so I can watch the game on the big TV in peace.

    Nor a bad game. Japan just edging it but we really need a Viduka like forward to hold the ball up front.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Well said Cyprus
    But while they would oversee all that stuff pretty sure they would have large team of staff and minions doing the majority of the grunt work

  • jayphoto

    Nov 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Gignac is a strange one! Hes more effective in games than what we have on our books! Pretty strong and he brings midfielders into games with his hold up play! The problem is we could sign much better given the wages hed demand!
    Wouldn’t want wickham! At any given point hes either got no confidence or so much confidence he becomes mr big

  • expatmag

    Nov 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Half time.

    Japan 0 Australia 0

    Canny open game and chances for both teams. Former Newcastle reserve James Troisi playing well for Oz.

  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #23

    Think Pards may have been moonlighting in Japan the amount of balls over the top.
    On earlies 2moro so not gonna bother with the second half. Think Australia will come out and blast em second half. 2-1 to the Aussies

  • Canny in Canberra

    Nov 18, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #24


  • Papavasilou

    Nov 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Only here would someone entirely unlinked to Newcastle, the player or his club saying Newcastle might be a good option for Gignac become NEWCASTLE WANT GIGNAC!!!!

    Jesus Christ, this is more misleading horseshit.

  • musomag

    Nov 19, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #26

    Isn’t Gignac the French word for poop?
    ….I’m off for a Gignac


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